The 3rd Annual London Indian Film Festival opened in Haymarket Wednesday night amid much fanfare, a plethora of entertainment industry guests and an appropriately groundbreaking movie launching the 2-week long celebration of independent Indian cinema.
Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ - fresh from thrilling audiences and critics alike at the recent Cannes Film Festival - opened the Festival at Cineworld Haymarket and received a firm thumbs from fans as well as the glittering array of stars who turned out in support of the Festival: from actors Anushka Sharma and Riz Ahmed to director Michael Winterbottom and musician Raghu Dixit.
Speaking before the screening, 'Gangs' director Anurag Kashyap said: “The London Indian Film Festival is lucky for me. My Dev D played in year one. That Girl In Yellow Boots premiered in year two and got UK distribution and now I’ve opened the festival. It’s a great platform.”
Festival Director Cary Sawhney said: “We are delighted that this year’s London Indian Film Festival has opened to such a tremendous response. We have a diverse range of events scheduled for the next two weeks, including the brilliant collaboration of director Q’s Gandu Circus along with Susheela Raman and the Asian Dub Foundation’s Steve Chandra Savale at BFI Southbank on June 21, and many World and UK film premieres.
And for those who couldn’t get tickets for Gangs of Wasseypur, there are two more screenings scheduled on June 28 at the ICA and on June 30 at Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue.”
The Festival runs until July 03.
- UKAsian Staff